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Catsnstuff Down Under – 5.1: Fiji part two

August 6, 2008

So, this is the final story of my travels through Australia and Fiji, two weeks after my return. I’m contemplating doing a stat story about my trip (number of kilometers travelled, money spent, etc), but that would probably bore anyone but me. Anyhow, here comes the last proper travel tale!

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Catsnstuff Down Under – 5.1: Fiji part one

July 22, 2008

So here we are, I thought this would be the last post on my trip, but this post became unbearably long, so I’ve decided to chop it in two. I am also contemplating doing a separate posts about the stats of the trip, so who knows, there might be loads more.

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Catsnstuff Down Under – 4.3: Alice Springs to Adelaide. Really!

July 10, 2008

When I flew from Perth to Alice Springs, I was really excited, because you fly over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Of course, I was having a conversation with the guy next to me and managed to miss the announcement of the pilot and the fact that half the plane had run over to the side where you could see the rock. Also, I was sitting next to the engine of the plane, which blocked the window (I had no vision whatsoever) and made a shitload of noise, so there went the possibility to see what I think is biggest monolith on earth from the sky. Hey, that can happen you know!

When I arrived in Alice Springs, I stayed in a lovely hostel. The guy that picked me up, Rex, mentioned that he had a friend in Amsterdam. When I asked him what her name was he said ‘Bregtje’. She just happens to be one of my best friends, so that was a nice coincidence in the middle of the desert of Australia! I was to be picked up early in the morning by the tour company, so I made it an early night. I was kind of dreading it, because I heard from two different people that the company had one terrible tour guide who could only swear a lot and get drunk and who was really rude. His name is Nathan, they told me, so if you get him, you’re screwed.

So there I was, waiting for the tour bus. When it arrived, an unshaven guy staggered over to me and announced in a voice that indicated years of dedicated smoking that his name was Nathan. Wow. In the bus he yelled to the group that there would be loads of drinking the coming week, and my heart sank. I don’t drink, and being around drunk people is no fun for me. But BOY was I proven wrong. In the week that followed I had so much fun and I loved everyone on the bus (yes, Nathan too), made great friends and I can’t remember laughing that much ever. Just a reminder to myself that everybody experiences things different and that not everything is always as it seems. Ok, enough reflection, time for the rest of the story!

The first day of the tour, we didn’t do much, just a lot of driving (which I did a lot of in Australia, on this tour about 3000 kilometers). We slept by the campfire in swags. For those of you who don’t know, swags are basically matresses with a canvas exterior where you crawl in to with your sleeping bag. Also, you have to stuff the swag with all the clothes and other warm stuff you have, because when you sleep in the desert it can become very cold at night. When we were there is was around two to ten degrees Celcius a.k.a. freezing your t*ts of as Nathan so eloquently pointed out. It looks a little something like this:

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Catsnstuff Down Under – 4.2: Alice Springs to Adelaide + Fiji

July 1, 2008

Yeah, it’s not going to happen: I’m in Fiji right now and I don’t have time for a long post. Maybe next week, or if I’m really bored I’ll get another bus to get to this internet place, which will take me four hours in total. So I guess not ;-). Love you all, more stories to come, including Fiji, which really is like a paradise filled with lovely people. And cockroaches. That can fly. That’s a little snag, but hey, who cares when you’re in a place as pretty as the pictures in the guide books!

Catsnstuff Down Under – 4.1: Alice Springs to Adelaide

June 24, 2008

Hi there! I can’t be arsed to write an entry that makes a lot of sense right now. I’m tired, I missed my flight to Brisbane today (not my fault, FU Skylink!), but I had the best time ever on my tour. Really, I can’t remember laughing this hard in a long time, and that for six days straight. For all the good time pictures, click here. Promise to make a decent entry when the bags under my eyes have deflated and I don’t smell like a sweaty trash can anymore. Love ya!

Kiss, Lotte

Catsnstuff Down Under – 3: West Coast

June 16, 2008

Well, it has been a tremendously nice week for me! After my illness in Melbourne I was scared to go on a seven day tour of the west coast of Australia, but it has been a blast! I arrived in Perth the 7th of June and decided to take it easy on the 8th, because my tour was starting the next day. I hung out in the Botanical Gardens (what else is new) and went to the West Australia museum. After the jump, some of my Perth pics.

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Catsnstuff Down Under – 2: Melbourne

June 8, 2008

Hi everyone, it’s time for part two of my big trip. I spent the last week or so in Melbourne, and I have to say that I was really looking forward to it, but my first impressions of the city many say has such a nice open, European vibe were not too good. The busride from Sydney took twelve hourse and I arrived realy early, at 6:00 in the morning and had a hard time finding my way around the city and to my hostel. I eventually took the wrong train and decided just to walk to my hostel from there, even if it was quite far away. I arrived tired and looking a tad dishevelled and all I wanted was a bed. But they would not let me in my room and asked me very disinterested to just wait some hours. The atmosphere was really cold and rude, so I decided to check out the hostel my mom’s friend Kirsten recommended. don’t ask why I didn’t do that in the first place, that was quite stupid ;).

So I arrived at the hostel, which is an old Nunnery and the place was just AMAZING! A beautiful house filled with paintings an cosy rooms and a communal area with a fireplace. O, and a cat, named Brother Francis. Want to see him? Then…

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Catsnstuff Down Under – 1: Sydney

May 31, 2008

As you may or may not know, I’m in Australia right now, and I will be using my usually cat-filled blog with travel stories. To all my Dutch friends: I’m doing it in English because my blog has always been in English. Hope it’s ok! Get a cup of tea or coffee, because this is not what I would call a short post.

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